Osaka Japan is the third largest populated city in Japan, which gives in to numerous holidays that are celebrated by its natives all year round. While the city celebrates holidays in Japan like the others, there are some many things to do in Osaka as well as festivals and events that are exclusive to the city itself.
Doya Doya Festival
Also known as the Huge Naked Festival, this celebration in Osaka Japan would have two groups of men in loincloths battling it out at the Shitennoji Temple on every January 14. These men are made to fight for the Goo Hin, an amulet of a cow god.
In celebration of the first day of spring, the residents of Osaka Japan celebrate with a Bean throwing ceremony before the official start of the new season. It is meant to signify a seasonal division, and is celebrated in Buddhist temples and Buddhist shrines all over the city. If you are staying in Cross Hotel Osaka, make sure you go and visit the local temples on February 3 so as to not miss this festival as well as the other things to do in Osaka.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Sakura, the native name for the Japanese for the cherry blossom, is highlighted in one of the most gorgeous spectacles celebrated in Japan. Aside from performing arts done by the Japanese that feature geishas and kabukis, joining tea ceremonies under the cherry trees can be a great experience as well. If you are staying in any of the Osaka Hotels in the area, a quick query with the concierge would provide you with information on some of the activities being held around your area.
Exclusive to Osaka Japan, the Aizen Festival is one of the three major summer festivals that are held in the city. It is made to honor Aizen Myo-oh, who is the greatest of the 8 Buddhist guardian guards. The festival has parades of geishas riding palanquins called hoekago, who head for the Shoman-in Temple, which holds Aizen Myo-oh as its principal image. This festival is held between June 30 and July 2.
If you are staying in the Hotel Granvia Osaka, you must make sure that you do not miss the Tenjin Festival. Celebrated on July 24 to 25, the 1,000 year old celebration is done in the Tenman Shrine to honor Sugawara-no-Michizane, whom the Japanese have deified as Tenman Tenjin. As Tenjin is considered as the patron god of learning, there are certain events like a parade of people dressed in imperial court style of 8th to 12th centuries in the day and an illuminated boat procession and fireworks display at night.
So you see there are many things to do in Osaka which allow to book a flight to Osaka or one of the Japan travel packages.
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